A man in an induced coma will wake up to learn his wife and daughter have been killed and his two sons hospitalised during a horror two days on Victorian roads that claimed seven lives.
The mother and child died after two vehicles crashed head-on on the Princes Highway at Rosedale just before 2.30pm (AEDT) on Friday.
The child died at the scene while the woman in her 40s was pronounced dead after paramedics tried to revive her at the roadside.
The man, in his 40s, was put into an induced coma after suffering injuries to his chest and hip, while his 11-year-old son was critically injured and his four-year-old son hospitalised with minor injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with leg and pelvic injuries.
Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said it had been an incredibly difficult day, with four women, one girl and a man losing their lives in a 12-hour period on Friday.
“You can’t even imagine how that particular gentleman will wake up, recovering from injuries and then dealing with the emotional scar that has been caused as a consequence of this collision,” Mr Hill said.
The deaths added to the grim toll on a day in which a 70-year-old woman died in a two-car collision in Carwarp, in the state’s northwest, and an 18-year-old died after her vehicle crashed into a tree in Mount Evelyn.
About 10.30pm on Friday night a man and woman, both 81, died in a collision on the Western Freeway in Melton.
Three men from the second vehicle were taken to hospital.
On Saturday, a man in his 40s died after his car hit a tree at Cope Cope on the Sunraysia Highway, between St Arnaud and Donald in northwest Victoria.
A motorist came across the car about 5pm.
Mr Hill appealed to all drivers to think about their behaviour on the road.
“These are the days that stick with you forever,” he said.
“I can’t begin to imagine the feeling of loss those families and their communities must be facing right now.”
The state road toll is now 210 compared to 251 at this time last year.